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Where Will Lehigh Go?

I know Lehigh won.  And you'll be able to read my full recap of the game tomorrow in all it's glory, I promise.

But I'm going to make this very quick blog posting to let you, dear reader, know what I think might happen tomorrow during the playoff selection show.

Lehigh might get a first-round bye.  The chance is very, very real.  (more)


I have a full bracket I've picked here,  It's based on a crazy day of football where Coastal Carolina won a game 70-3 and won a conference tiebreaker to win the inaugural Big South Conference autobid, likely Lehigh destination UMass lost a classic to Rhode Island, and, well, basically, all hell broke loose.

The problem, you see, is Delaware.

They are 9-2.  A very good team.  They will not play in the first round, but they need a partner in the second round to play.  It can't be a team that is seeded too low (Robert Morris, Liberty) or be a CAA team (Villanova, New Hampshire, William & Mary).

The issue for the committee is: the closest team that could play them in the second round, if they're not one of the Top 4 seeds, is Wofford, in South Carolina.

Unless Lehigh gets a first-round bye.

If you tie Lehigh to Delaware as a dance partner like this, you have two options:

1) Delaware is seeded No. 5 or unseeded, and Lehigh will play them in the second round; or
2) Delaware is seeded No. 1 to No. 4, and Lehigh will play a team in the first round for the honor to play Delaware

I think either Lehigh will play Delaware in a second-round game, or will face off against Robert Morris in a first round game - at home - to play either Delaware or William & Mary in the second round if they win.

We'll see.  Fingers crossed.  But there is a strong chance - I feel - that Lehigh will either play a home game or play a game at Delaware the weekend after Thanksgiving.

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